Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Diet Detective: Diet Cheat Sheet
By Charles Stuart Platkin For

Food and Diet
Calorie Bargains: Find three or four lower-calorie versions of what you typically eat (three to four times per week) and make substitutions you can live with forever. Make sure you don't overindulge in the newly found Calorie Bargain--that defeats the purpose. For example, if you eat potato chips three lunches per week, replace them with a Calorie Bargain such as air-popped popcorn.
Be spontaneous: Learn to be flexible and creative when eating out or traveling. Come up with a list of pre-approved foods you know are low in calories so you can avoid making too many on-the-spot decisions.
Fast food is OK: There are low-calorie options available. Learn them before arriving at the restaurant.
Singles only: Buy single-serving snack foods; never buy in bulk.
Read it: Check food labels and never eat anything that contains more than 15 calories without thinking about it. That includes cookies, crackers and chips (each chip can have as many as 15 calories).
Buy frozen and ready-to-eat: Most of us are time-pressed. Go to the supermarket and stock up on healthy, low-calorie frozen foods (e.g., Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice or Kashi), also pick up cereals (under 120 calories per cup) and low-cal soups. When you're too tired or too busy to cook, use these tasty lean alternatives to eating out.
Switch: From whole milk to skim, from eggs to egg whites and from soda to water or no-calorie iced tea.
Eat more fiber: It helps keep you full longer. Foods that are high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, nuts, cereals, legumes and whole-grain breads and pastas.

No comments: